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Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Loren » January 8th, 2013, 6:05 pm

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/201 ... gton-trail

A Milford law requiring helmet use on the Kensington bike trail could be wiped off the books after Milford Township officials vote on amending a local ordinance Jan. 16.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks has asked the township to drop the regulation, in effect since 1997, because of “inconsistencies” between the Kensington trail and adjoining trails that don’t have the rule — as well as enforcement issues, said Denise Semion, metroparks chief of communications.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Sortaslow » January 8th, 2013, 7:02 pm

Not to mention this is silly in a no motorcycle helmet state.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Di_bear » January 9th, 2013, 9:25 pm

Touche.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Roy » January 28th, 2013, 10:29 am

They passed this silly law after a skate boarder was killed on a downhill.
However, a helmet was not required on the road and 35 to 40 miles per hour is possible on the road.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Sortaslow » January 28th, 2013, 1:15 pm

So wait.... A cyclist could ride on the road in kensington helmetless, but not on their paved path? Now that's funny.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby jalopy jockey » January 28th, 2013, 1:36 pm

Sortaslow wrote:So wait.... A cyclist could ride on the road in kensington helmetless, but not on their paved path? Now that's funny.


Just goes to show that HCMPA knows that the road is a safer place to bike than the sidewalk.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Di_bear » January 29th, 2013, 6:24 am

jalopy jockey wrote:
Sortaslow wrote:So wait.... A cyclist could ride on the road in kensington helmetless, but not on their paved path? Now that's funny.


Just goes to show that HCMPA knows that the road is a safer place to bike than the sidewalk.


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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby i69whitey » January 29th, 2013, 6:51 am

so what happened at this meeting?
will other Metroparks follow suit?
are walkers still exempt?

and,...

will JA Jones finally ride Kensington?
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Hans Nyberg » January 29th, 2013, 10:13 am

They passed this silly law after a skate boarder was killed on a downhill.


Not that it's important but it was an in-line skater, not a skate boarder. I know, I was there.
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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby J/C » February 25th, 2013, 11:56 am

The ordinance has been repealed.


Mandatory helmet use on the Kensington bike trail is history.

By unanimous vote, the Milford Township Board of Trustees amended Jan. 16 a local ordinance to no longer require anyone operating a bike, inline skates or roller skates, or anyone utilizing a wheelchair or other wheeled device allowed on the trail to wear protective headgear.

Changing the ordinance, in effect since 1997, came at the request of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Inconsistencies between the Kensington trail and adjoining trails that don't have the rule, as well as enforcement issues, prompted park officials to ask the township to drop the regulation, according to Denise Semion, metroparks chief of communications.

Milford Township Supervisor Don Green said it also leads to consistency throughout the metropark system. “Kensington was the only metropark to have a helmet regulation,” he said.

The original rule was proposed by *beep* Shafer, former Kensington Metropark superintendent, following the 1996 death of an inline skater in the metropark.

Violators were subject to a $25 fine. Since the regulation was put in place, less than 20 tickets were issued in a typical year, Semion noted.


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Re: Milford considering changing Kensington helmet law

Postby Critter7r » March 2nd, 2013, 12:05 pm

The two or three times I've been to Kensington to ride with the family, we'd always see at least a dozen or so people without helmets on our trip around the lake, so I see what they mean by "enforcement issues". If I see a dozen in one day, and they only handed out 20 tickets in a year, then there was some seriously selective ticketing going on.

However, I do hope that they continue to strongly encourage helmet usage.
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